A new drive has been launched to tackle knife crime among Cumbria's young people.
Operation Divan has been set up to make people under the age of 18 aware of the consequences of carrying a knife and aims to reduce the number of them carrying a weapon.
This operation is being led by Cumbria Constabulary's child-centred policing team and will offer education and support to young people.
The force is keen to stress that the number of youths who carry knives in the county is low and that Cumbria is one of the safest places to live in the UK. This campaign though aims to help stop young people becoming criminals and promote a change in culture with regards to carrying a knife.
Child centred policing team lead, Inspector Gemma Hannah said:
“Whilst youth knife crime remains low in Cumbria, we are a forward thinking force and this is a really positive, proactive approach to keeping incidents low. Op Divan provides an opportunity for our team to deliver an intervention to young people who are identified as carrying a knife, but where the evidence doesn’t amount to a crime.
Insp Hannah added:
Police and Crime Commissioner Peter McCall said:
The child centred policing team was set up last year and aims to "improve the quality of policing for children by acknowledging their differences, recognising their vulnerabilities, and meeting their needs".
Its officers are stationed across the county and work with agencies, educational establishments, charities and other organisations which provide support services for children.
A young person who needs support can contact charity Childline online or by calling 0800 1111.